This was my volunteer’ assignment site on Saturday afternoon, and proved to be the best in the last 2-3 years’ batch.
Not only because this witty boutique hotel was just open, everything looked fresh and squeaky-clean and only 3 floors were operational with staying guests; this time the architectural firm responsible for the project (Stonehill&Taylor) sent an interior designer to lead the tours (few years ago, at Hotel Americano, I had to improvise the tour myself, since architects didn’t show up).
And not just any designer – Elaine (not her real name: privacy rules) was part of the designing team, and could answer numerous questions in meticulous detail.
She was even kind enough to give me pages of actual presentation, Renwick/Steinbeck Suite/Lobby , which I linked here, with gratitude.
OpenHouse site describes the place in admiring tone:
Manhattan’s history as an artist enclave is celebrated in Midtown’s newest hotel. The Renwick, a 173-room hotel steps away from Grand Central Station, is slated to open with a focus on a modernistic approach to integrating the building’s rich, creative roots into approachable yet luxurious design. New York-based design firm Stonehill & Taylor conceived and executed the design for the new hotel.
Formerly an extended-stay hotel for prominent artists, intellectuals and literary figures like F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and Thomas Mann, Stonehill & Taylor’s primary design intent emphasizes functional art sourced by local New York City artists in an urban, unconventional, collaborative way. The hotel features no traditionally framed artwork, with many of the pieces created directly on the wall’s surfaces in various mediums. Art throughout the property places special emphasis on the line, an element every artist must embrace.
The property’s 173 loft-style guest rooms are inspired by an artist’s studio. A minimalist, masculine color palette features a bold band of ink permeating from the foot of the bed through the leather-tufted headboard and onto the ceiling. Custom furnishings include easel-inspired television stands, desks reminiscent of the artist’s workbench, nightstands intended to mimic flat file cabinets and a patterned carpet that simulates paint-splattered concrete.
I have illustrated with photos our progression from the Lobby to the 10th floor, with open King, Queen guestrooms and the John Steinbeck Suite, one of the three artist/writer-named.